Hi here are the best albums of 2016 but tbh I still mostly listen to E-MO-TION almost exclusively.
1. Pinegrove – Cardinal
It takes a lot for an album released in February to stick around in my mind, but Pinegrove did just that. Cardinal is an unwavering masterpiece. It feels deeply personal on nearly every level, from the starkly candid lyrics to the raw instrumentation that floats effortlessly in the space between loud and quiet dynamics. Cardinal may consist of eight songs, but the amount of soul poured into its creation jumps out of the speakers and separates it from anything else made this year.
2. Touché Amoré – Stage Four
Touché Amoré is an all-time favorite band of mine, earning that spot for two main characteristics: their aggressiveness and their emotion. And four LPs into their career, the band hasn’t lost even a bit of their step. Stage Four palpably erupts from the pain and anguish that spawned it, while evolving the band’s signature sound in a way that keeps its intense essence while expanding into more melodic realms.
3. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
Continuing their ascension from quirky lo-fi upstarts, Holy Ghost sees Modern Baseball move fully into sprawling indie rock. While the construction of the sequencing is certainly questionable, there’s no denying the band’s power in either of its forms: the full-bodied ebb and flow of Jacob Ewald’s Side A and the searing rawness of Brendan Luken’s Side B. Holy Ghost doesn’t waste a second of its run time, packing in a wide range of emotions through the scope of two distinct minds coming together.
My love for The Hotelier’s previous record is common knowledge, so it’s easy to imagine the height of expectations I approached the follow-up with. But even going up against those odds, the band delivered a different kind of triumph with Goodness. They adjusted their scope, pulling away from the deeply cathartic personal storyline of the previous and instead examining the world around them. Goodness is ambitious in both its message and its sound, but The Hotelier pulls it off flawlessly.
While admittedly a bit late to the party, WORRY. is undeniable in its strengths. It features a plethora of sounds and styles that let Jeff Rosenstock really flex his songwriting muscles and show that he is equally adept at writing well-rounded pop rock songs as he is at crafting blistering punk musings. But dwarfing all of that is the fact that Rosenstock has something to say on this record and he delivers it in powerful ways that few others in 2016 were able to do.
6. You Blew It! – Abendrot
7. Balance And Composure – Light We Made
8. Culture Abuse – Peach
9. Frank Ocean – Blonde
10. From Indian Lakes – Everything Feels Better Now
Top 10 Songs Of The Year:
1-10. “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd (Ft. Gucci Mane)